2018 has officially been declared as the 3rd International Year of the Reef (IYOR2018) by the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI).
IYOR is a global effort which aims at protecting and conserving coral reef ecosystems via promotion of awareness and understanding of coral reefs. Various activities are underway this year to commemorate this year as the IYOR! More resources and featured articles about IYOR 2018 can be found here or through the official twitter page @IYOR2018.
CORDIO and IYOR 2018
As a stakeholder in the conservation of coral reefs in the WIO region, CORDIO East Africa plans to contribute to the success of IYOR 2018 through a range of awareness and training activities, as well as through its usual range of research and conservation projects in the Western Indian Ocean (WIO) region.
~ Seychelles National Park Authority will be organising a host of activities to celebrate IYOR 2018 including translocation of corals from their nursery to a degraded reef in one of the marine parks. Follow their activities through their Facebook page.
~ CORDIO is organising a coral reef monitoring training workshop to promote the involvement of stakeholders in the monitoring, protection and conservation of coral reef ecosystems in Zanzibar.
~ Coral reef educational documentaries: Chasing coral and Blue in Focus screenings in Mombasa and Nairobi.
~ School events: Interactive sessions in local schools to inspire and increase awareness on the importance of coral reefs.
~ Publish articles in Kenyan media targeting the general public to inform them of IYOR 2018 and conservation issues regarding coral reefs.
~ CORDIO will continue to develop and disseminate the regional bleaching alerts to relevant partners across the region.
~ Funding and CSR: CORDIO invites interested stakeholders to partner with and take part in IYOR 2018 through funding of various activities with the aim of meeting the IYOR 2018 goals in the region.
~ CORDIO with other stakeholders have published the comprehensive 2017 GCRMN coral status report for the Western Indian Ocean.